It is rumored around that India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd., one of the leading names of bike two wheeler makers in India is expecting to launch a 250cc bike in 2011. With a few 250cc players already in the market and the Honda too opening bookings for Honda CBR250R and Bajaj too mulling on bringing a 250cc Pulsar, time is ripe for Yamaha to roll its 250cc wheels on the Indian roads.
The Yamaha FZ 250cc which is already a huge hit with Indonesian bikers is expected to be launched in India, maybe with another name. In fact, the market is saturated with 150cc bikes and a 250cc bike from Yamaha will ignite the competition in the high end market for bikes.
The success of Yamaha FZ16 and Yamaha R15 prompts the bike major to bring the Yamaha FZ 250cc on to the Indian soil.
Yamaha believes that the FZ 250cc with more power and superior engine quality could offer better navigation. Not to mention the bike will not miss on the style elements that Yamaha bikes naturally promise to appeal to the youth and lovers of sporty bikes.
While it is still not released by the company, the FZ 250cc is expected to come with a price tag of Rs. 150,000. Yamaha believes the FZ 250cc will be a big challenge to the Bajaj Pulsar 220cc as it comes with improved features and specs: one cylinder engine (with AI System or Asia Injected fuel injection) with a displacement capacity of 249cc, to produce a maximum power of 24 bhp @ 7500 rpm and with impressive peak torque of 20.5 Nm @ 6500 rpm.
The bike will sport a braking system of 100/80-17 for the front wheel and 130/70-17 for the rear wheel. The bike can hit speeds of 145 kmph thanks to its super power.
The Yamaha FZ 250cc is better known as Scorpio in Indonesia and may come to India untweaked as regards the looks, it somewhat resembles Honda Tiger as well as Pulsar 220cc.
The FZ 250cc comes with great details to ensure very good comfort to the rider; the stylish ergonomics make it a good commuter bike. It is believe that Yamaha will bring the FZ 250cc in international colors of black, red and black-red colors.
The bike promises to possess all elements to make it a success story in India. The round headlamps are replaced making it look like a Yamaha FZ -16. The rear has oodles of sports beauty with sports bike looks with tail light and smaller indicators. The big muffler with catalyze claims to give cleaner exhaust.
The Yamaha FZ 250cc may be placed with the Honda CBR 250R and Honda CB300. If the price tag is revisited and if its made an affordable 250cc bike then it can be a huge hit with the Indian youth that is earnestly looking for Yamaha’s promise of quality, performance, and design and also give the Honda and the Bajaj a run for their money.
With Honda CBR250R, Bajaj Pulsar 250cc and Yamaha FZ 250 in the pipeline for launch in 2011, the 250cc segment is getting hotter for sure.